^Newark Archdiocese is diverse and densely populated, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 24, 2007. " Archbishop John J. Myers is moving from the plains of Illinois to the geographically smallest diocese in the United States; but its 513 mil persegi (1.330 km2) encompass about 1.3 million Catholics. It is one of the busiest, largest and most diverse dioceses in the nation. The Archdiocese of Newark encompasses the northeastern New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Union, and Hudson and the population totals 2.8 million people."